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Clougha Pike from the Jubilee Tower

Forest of Bowland Walk

Region - Forest of Bowland

County/Area - Lancashire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.7 miles / 7.6 km    Ascent - 800 feet / 242 metres

Time - 3 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Clougha Pike from the Jubilee Tower
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This short but rewarding walk to the summit of Clougha Pike offers excellent views over Lancaster and beyond. The route follows clear paths across moorland which can be wet underfoot after heavy rain. The walk covers the high ground on the western edge of the Forest of Bowland and serves as a useful introduction to walking in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The start is the car park adjacent to the Jubilee Tower (grid ref. SD542573) which is located on a minor road between Quernmore and Lower Less southeast of Lancaster and the M6. It is possible to climb the tower which offers a great view especially to the southwest. The walk starts from the rear of the car park and follows the fence steadily up the fell with improving views as you gain height. Reaching the third boundary post (grid ref. SD557589). A short diversion to the right takes you to the top of Grit Fell which is marked with a cairn.

After enjoying the view return to the boundary stone and continue ahead (northwest) and descend across rough moorland. The path reaches a stile which is crossed to reach the summit Of Clougha Pike (413 m.). The view is extensive including the City of Lancaster, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Fells. It is worth spending some time exploring the immediate are including rocky Clougha Scar to the north and a number of impressive cairns scattered across the landscape.

The return route follows the outward path down to the Jubilee Tower. During descent you can appreciate the view southwest which includes the rolling hills of the Forest of Bowland.

Other walks nearby

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Walk 3459 Abbeystead Reservoir Circulareasy1.6 miles
Walk 3457 Wyre Valley Circulareasy/mod6.4 miles
Walk 2137 Clougha & Goldsworthy's Installation Circularmoderate5.2 miles
Walk 3038 Wolfhole Crag from Tower Lodgemoderate9.0 miles
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Walk 1641 Bankhouses via the Lancashire Coastal Way easy/mod7.0 miles
Walk 1218 Fiensdale Head & Bleasdale Watermoderate10.0 miles
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